CHORAL EVENSONG FROM WORCESTER CATHEDRAL
with the choirs of Worcester, Gloucester and Hereford Cathedrals
Wednesday 10th August at 16:00 on BBC Radio 3
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In the UK we are fortunate in having a huge variety of summer music festivals. For “classical” music you can try Cheltenham, or Aldeburgh amongst others, for specific types of music there is the English Music Festival or York Early Music Festival and for an excellent variety of music and performance arts there is, of course, the Edinburgh International Festival. The Three Choirs Festival takes place every year in the summer and is hosted in turn by Worcester, Gloucester and Hereford which, for those readers not familiar with UK geography are based in a triangle no more than about 40 miles distance from each other. This allows easy cooperation for the participants. There is a wealth of music to enjoy including choral music in the amazing setting of (this year) Worcester Cathedral. For instance Sarah Connolly was singing as part of The Dream of Gerontius on Saturday 6th. Works by Elgar are frequently featured at this festival because he was the “local boy” There are guest instrumentalists, including 2009 Classical Brit Female Artist of the Year trumpeter Alison Balsom, choirs, orchestras and conductors. Notable amongst the latter is Susanna Malkki from Finland who will be conducting Mahler’s Third Symphony.
Live from the Three Choirs Festival at Worcester Cathedral,
sung by the choirs of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester Cathedrals.
Introit: The Lord is my Shepherd (Howells) Responses: Tomkins Psalms: 53, 54 (Lucas, Goss) First Lesson: Isaiah 49 vv8-13 *Canticles: Naylor in A Second Lesson: Romans 8 vv35-39 + Anthem: Still in remembrance (Jackson Hill) – First performance Hymn: King of glory, King of peace (Ballards) Organ Voluntary: Rhapsody no. 3 in C sharp minor (Howells) Adrian Lucas (Master of the Choristers) Christopher Allsop (Assistant Organist). *Naylor Evening Service in A An English organist and composer, Naylor spent eight years as organist of the London churches St Michael’s, Chester Square (1889) and St Mary’s, Kilburn (1896), and then returned to Cambridge in 1898, where he became both the assistant master at The Leys School and organist of Emmanuel College. Naylor lived in Cambridge until his death in 1934. + Jackson Hill Still in Remembrance (world premiere) A festival commission to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre.